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Institute of Contemporary Arts

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Good to place to take a break

In the middle of Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace, there is a cinema, bookshop and cafe here... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
London, United Kingdom
A gem of a refuge

TIP TO TRAVELERS: For the one pound day pass, the weary tourist on The Mall can get a restroom... read more

Reviewed 20 June 2018
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A cultural "think tank" where people can watch important films, browse the bookstore, discover innovate work of emerging artists, participate in live events, and engage in debate in support of a broader artistic culture.
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The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH, England
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In the middle of Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace, there is a cinema, bookshop and cafe here. It's good value for money and a great place to take a break from the busy exterior.

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Reviewed 20 June 2018

TIP TO TRAVELERS: For the one pound day pass, the weary tourist on The Mall can get a restroom, heat/air conditioning, a canteen, a bookshop and art exhibits. This is a MAJOR convenience. If I were a local, I would buy a membership. The calendar...More

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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

We use the BFI quite a bit so my expectation of the ICA was that it would be like a cross between that and the Tate Modern. It sort of is but in a very Heath Robinson sort of way. The staff are all a...More

Thank Epicureously
Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

I first visited the ICA in the 1980s, for an exhibtion on situationalism in Paris. Visiting today was interesting in that the exhibition and the space it inhabits has been taken back to the bare walls. To the point that in the cafe afterwards we...More

Thank Apicius71
Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

It’s been going strong since the 1950s as a bastion of radicalism at the other end of the Mall to Buckingham Palace. It has two cinemas, a renovated exhibition space, an excellent bookshop and now a truly great first floor cafe now it has been...More

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Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

Visited with colleagues last week and found the food very much to our liking . The restaurant is very informal and arguably shabby, maybe shabby chic... anyway, food and service was very good . Had Barnsley chops but also tried sausage with polenta. All great.

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Reviewed 4 October 2017

walking from Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace we noticed that ICA was open with a showing of Water Color artists. I wanted to check it out and the amateur art was really really great. free to walk around but I think they probably ask for...More

Thank Jason C
Reviewed 3 April 2017

We went there because we enjoy contemporary art and the Tate modern however it was beyond our level, the exhibition on the 1st floor about a dance performance was interesting, disturbin and lacking explanation to really understand the performance... the painting on the groundfloor were...More

Thank Voirailleurssijysuis
Reviewed 8 March 2017

We went primarily for a movie here, which was fine. While waiting we wandered through the galleries and it was a disappointment. The two upstairs galleries were closed so there were only two open. One had OK paintings hanging in it, but they're weren't mind-bending...More

Thank KBY23
Reviewed 2 February 2017

You may have to pay a Pound to get in, but really there's nothing else better to do in here than have a cuppa and find a loo. Just how this place pays its way (if that's what it has to do) I really don't...More

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St. James's
Perennially fashionable since the days of Henry VIII,
the aristocratic “Clubland” of St James's is a premier
destination for high end craft and bespoke design.
Here you’ll lose count of the Royal Warrants (which
indicate that the Royal Family patronizes the
establishment) seen in shop front windows, even during
a short stroll to bordering Green Park or St James’s
Park. With the brightly lit and constantly buzzing
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